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Malaysian Airlines denies near collision over Pakistan

Saudi Press Agency reported the plane nearly collided with a Kuwait Airways plane.
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Malaysian Airlines has denied a report which appeared in the press earlier this week that one of its planes was involved in a near collision with a Kuwait Airways plane over Pakistan on Sunday.

The report, which was issued by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), said officials from Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority claimed the Kuwaiti aircraft was travelling to Islamabad when it narrowly missed a Malaysian Airlines plane heading to London.

It claimed the incident occurred over the Zhob district of Baluchistan in southwestern Pakistan and was the result of weak air traffic control radar signals.

However, a spokesperson from Malaysian Airlines told Arabian Business the carrier "strongly denies that one of its flights to London experienced a near-miss with a Kuwait Airways aircraft over Pakistan airspace on Sunday, 5 April 2015.

"Following a Safety Information Bulletin (SIB) issued by EASA early this year, Malaysia Airlines has avoided the Pakistani airspace due to increased risk to flight operation safety," it added.

Kuwait Airways did not comment on the incident.

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